This research was aimed to develop a guideline for promoting a better health quality of elderly in Sao Cha-ngok Sub-district, Bangkla District, Chachoengsao Province, Thailand, while the quality of life in terms of the potentiality, value, and being active in participation of ageing in society, should be enhanced. The study mainly focused on the investigation of the effects of ethnicity, race, and community history on the elderly potentiality. Qualitative data were collected through field notes, interview, observation, local legend and related documents.The findings showed that ethnicity, race of Thai-Chinese people, and the community history in the aspects of society and economy were related to the elderly ways of life in Sao Cha-ngok Sub-district. It could be noted that these elderly were working in agriculture and commerce. They possessed lands and tried to keep them for their descendants. This was led to their unique community culture affecting their roles in society and culture. The elderly were usually join activities at temples, which were the center for their participation.The development of the elderly role was based on the same race and identity leading to 'Sao Cha-ngok elderly group', which the members shared the same cultural experience. The members were able to join activities, stayed healthy, with their stable minds.
Phakphoom Lobdhom, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities
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